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RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Depending on budget you might spend the battery money on a catalytic heater. Wait for the single 12v to completely die. Then replace with the golf cart 6v.
wopachop 10/28/20 08:35am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: everyday truck ideas needed

I just smogged a 7.3 in cali a couple months ago. Was worried myself something wouldnt pass. Wasnt aware of any new tests. For awhile i think they would just hit the throttle and look at the smoke that came out using a white board for background.
wopachop 10/27/20 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: everyday truck ideas needed

I think I need to decide if I want a truck that can tow our trailer... or just a smaller truck not for towing! Makes sense. Maybe the registration and insurance of the mighty 7.3l will effect your choice. If you are for sure going to keep it, then a smaller dailer driver will be fine. But if the 7.3 will eventually get sold you will need a truck that can tow. As you already know.
wopachop 10/27/20 05:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: everyday truck ideas needed

From what you describe a pickup daily driver is not the best choice. Unless you guys are waaaaaay into moutain bikes or bmx and will be tossing bikes in the back weekly. You already have the 7.3 for towing. Why not get a little SUV that gets amazing gas miliage and can fit 6 kids? Pickup truck has a lot of wasted space if youre not in constuction or loading dirt bikes.
wopachop 10/27/20 09:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

The void in the hub is meant to dissipate heat. Don’t fill it with grease. Best to grease and inspect them by hand. You seem like the really smart silent type. Thanks for posting i will remember your advice.
wopachop 10/26/20 06:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Satellite Newbie looking for advice

I know a guy in socal. Will post his info soon. Pretty sure its RV advantage.
wopachop 10/26/20 05:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery over charging

The converter on my friends 2002 trailer has a spot for an add on device. I remember the connector looking like an old phone line connection. The device changed the charging pattern to work better when leaving the trailer plugged in 24/7.
wopachop 10/26/20 09:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: CREE Design Circuit 12Volt Power Supply Diagram

Although there are switching regulator chips you can buy, not really recommended for the amateur DIY person since in the wrong hands without proper circuit design you can end up with a very bad RFI transmitter..I think you might have described what i did!!! Total amateur without a clue. I made some LEDs designed for RV use and was getting weird noise at times. Wasnt smart enough to know the problem. I had asked on some electronic forums. Ended up buying ferrite rings in hopes for a cure. But again i didnt have a clue what i was doing. The lights work great but at certain dim levels i can here a noise. My girlfriend swears she cant hear it but i do. The fix was easy enough to get by. I run them full blast or very dimmed. Been a good 3 or 4 years i dont even think about them anymore. I did use CREE leds though. Still have boxes of material and completed lights laying around.
wopachop 10/26/20 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: questions.... I have them.. :D

Post pics.
wopachop 10/25/20 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

To The BS crowd Am i the only one who stopped about right here? So negative man i used to value what you said and i quickly learned to skip it.
wopachop 10/19/20 02:10pm Tech Issues
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

Just wag the tail to look for cops behind you. If you very slightly turn while driving straight, the trailer will swerve side to side and you get a glimpse behind you. Ive heard it described as wagging the tail. My truck has extended mirrors and you still cant really see behind you without the wag.
wopachop 10/19/20 11:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Do propane fire pits put out any heat?

Smudge pot might work for you. Or start the fire early. Come dark its mostly hot coals that you can put under your chair. Add wood for the look of fire. But the heat comes from the coals. Way less smoke.
wopachop 10/19/20 10:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

Sounds like the connector on your trailer needs to be replaced. The contacts are no longer tight. Im a fan of dielectric grease but only use it on connectors that rarely get used. I picture the trailer connector attracting too much dirt if you used grease. I dont think its supposed to be used for lubricity. Its more the absence of oxygen and moisture. Keeps things from corroding.
wopachop 10/19/20 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

Interesting.... We have gas stations with race gas and methanol right at the pumps here. Anybody can buy it.Few years ago we had to lie and say the race gas was for a boat. They had you sign your name on a sheet of paper. Not sure what happened with that. Maybe just a california thing. I buy race gas at the pump a few times a year for the last 25 years. Was only a brief time where they had you sign some sheet.
wopachop 10/19/20 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

I had a fuel line crack in 6 months from 91 octane bought in socal. Wasnt a quality fuel line and it says do not use with over 10% ethanol. I was shocked how quickly it failed. Hard to see in the pic but there were cracks over the entire length of the line. https://i.imgur.com/6bwxnTal.jpg https://i.imgur.com/hXyZSSJl.jpg
wopachop 10/19/20 10:13am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

Drove over to the station here that comes up as ethanol free. They were closed saturdays and i didnt see any pumps. I think they have 5gal jugs of race gas and thats why they come up as ethanol free.
wopachop 10/18/20 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

No worries if youre over it. But you should be able to remove the front of the electrical panel. Where ever your fuses are, the face of that panel should have screws holding it on. Post a pic of the panel? How many spots dont have a fuse? Borrow fuses to fill the empty spots and use your meter to see if you have 12v to the fan now.
wopachop 10/18/20 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

You might already know this trick but if you discover multiple wires just go up to the ceiling and wire nut those 2 wires together. Then set to continuity and find the 2 wires in the distribution panel that beep.
wopachop 10/18/20 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

Remove the cover on the electrical panel so that you can see the wires back there. Most likely you will find no fuse like you guessed, or there will be loose wires not screwed into a terminal.
wopachop 10/18/20 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Advice on inverter size

Here is a question in disguise. In hopes to learn about the cheaper knock off brands. How clean of power does someone need to run a modern TV and some speakers and maybe the margarita blender? Would love to watch a video on sine waves. Im better with visual. I do have basic understanding off wavelengths. The idea of alternating current going back and forth still trips me out. Ive been blasted a few times with 277v and a whole office full of lights behind it. Worked for a company as an electrician but never took classes on theory. Im just smart enough to understand i dont know squat about how electricity really works. The people who figured it out hundreds of years ago are truly amazing humans. Bet they got blasted a few times as well!!
wopachop 10/18/20 12:21pm Tech Issues
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